On The Beat and Path
Day 119, Mar 25, 2011
As I sit, I am staring out at the South China Sea. Islands off in the distance once played settings to the first ever Survivor episode. That seems like a long time ago.
On The Beat and Path are here in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo filming an episode and playing some music of our own. We have spent time with the Monsopiad folks, descendants of the Kadazan headhunters. While there is definitely evidence of their one-time savagery, it was their music we were after. With the information age flying in full speed, there is evidence that once-rich musical cultures are being lost. The folks at Monsopiad tell the story of their people, and sadly fewer and fewer young people are interested in learning the songs and dance of their ancestors. Luckily we were there to witness it, film it, and even participate. I was a quick study but at one point almost tripped over a bamboo pole. In all fairness, the dancers and musicians were banging the bamboo rhythmically under my feet.
Last night, the ON THE BEAT AND PATH band played a show in KK at a local bar calledFresco's. Malaysian singer-songwriter Amir Yussof (whom we are also featuring on our program) arranged the gig for us. Happily we accepted beer and pizza as payment as we rocked for the locals and international teachers that happened to be on the Island for a conference.
Still to come is time with the rappers and perhaps more live performances. Borneo will be released in July as a finale to Season Two.
Remember, something unbelievable is coming your way in less than a week. As you wait for April 1st, 2011 to finally arrive, you can check out the preview here:
Gary and I are taking a small vacation once we finish shooting in Borneo. We feel we deserve a little break on the beach. Borneo represents the full year cycle for On The Beat and Path and lets go through the numbers a little bit.
4 Tuk Tuks
1 Full Moon Party
2 Thrown Out Backs
1 Motorcycle Accident
1 Lady Boy Show
5 Songs Recorded
1 Elvis Sighting
10 Stand Up Comedy Shows
We are coming back from more in Season Three. We will be switching our focus to Music Festivals around the world and are looking at great shows in Canada, Singapore, China, Sawarak and more. Stay up to date by visiting our official site below.
Apologies for the utter lack of Randall updates as he has applied for and has been granted a holiday as he is gong through the motions of his annual colon cleanse. I will leave it at that.
As for Vanessa, she is in mourning (and rightfully so) of Elizabeth Taylor's recent passing. LT was a true fashion icon and her style was embraced by Vanessa who wishes to mimic Taylor's life in every way from jewelry usage to husband usage.
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CBC Radio 3 (Original Canadian Indie Music): radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/On-The-Beat-and-Path